by Paul Mulligan
Even though it might not always feel like it, your home is likely one of the greatest financial assets at your disposal. Of course there is always going to be something to fix. Making your monthly mortgage payments might cause a little anxiety from time to time. But all the energy and money that you invest in your home is helping you build equity that can help you in a time of need.
Home equity loans are a type of loan which allows homeowners to leverage the equity they’ve built over the years as collateral. These loans can be used for a variety of reasons—repairs, home improvements, paying for school, buying a car, another property and even consolidating debt. In an ideal world, you’d be able to address these needs from your own savings when the time came. But this isn’t always the reality. If you’re a homeowner and you’ve got a large expense coming in the near future, a home equity loan may be a viable option.
But before you take action, it is important to learn as much as you can about home equity loans. Read on to see some of the most frequently asked questions that homeowners have regarding home equity loans.
How much can I borrow?
The amount that you can borrow for a home equity loan varies by location and bank. At The Milford Bank, we will provide loans up to $500,000. However, each loan is considered on a case by case basis. Lenders typically will consider your credit history, available equity in your home, your income, and your assets and liabilities.
What are the benefits of a home equity loan?
Home equity loans provide a number of benefits. There are no closing costs associated with procuring them. In addition, home equity loans offer competitive interest rates that can be beneficial for paying down debt you may currently owe at a higher rate. The interest that you pay may even be tax deductible, but you should consult a tax advisor to make that determination.
How long does the loan process take?
Every homeowner has a different set of circumstances. As such, there is no established timetable for how long the process may take. However, once your loan has been approved, many homeowners are able to utilize the funds within a week.
Is there a minimum equity requirement to qualify?
In order to qualify for a home equity loan, you will need to meet some basic requirements. The minimum loan at The Milford Bank is $10,000 for a five-year term. You can review the specific interest rates, terms and repayment tables by clicking here.
Whether you need to replace a furnace or send a child to school, you may be able to utilize the equity you’ve built in your home to meet the ever-changing needs of you and your family. Stop by any office of The Milford Bank to speak with one of our representatives—and be sure to check out our Learning Center here for more information.